Origin:Hebrew
Popularity:685
Meaning:He sees
Jessica Alba, Jessica Chastain, Jessica Biel: There’s no shortage of Jessicas who’ve distinguished themselves in entertainment today. But the name goes way back: In 1596, William Shakespeare presumably coined the name, basing it on Iscah, a biblical name spelled Jescha in his day, and used it for Shylock’s daughter in “The Merchant of Venice.” The Hebrew name Yiskah means “clairvoyance.” A favorite in the US for more than 100 years, it dominated the naming charts in the 1980 and '90s and is still well-loved.

Famous Jessicas

Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
  • Jessica Simpson
    Singer

Popularity Trend Chart

Roll over the visual for detailed rankings by year.

Source: Social Security Administration

Not sure you have the perfect name? Search to add more baby names to your My Favorites list.
Name added. View your list